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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food' 102

Posted by timothy
from the what-about-best-barbecue? dept. (3830033) writes The NYT reports that Thailand's former prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra repeatedly encountered a distressing problem while traveling the world: bad Thai food. Too often, she found, the meals she sampled at Thai restaurants abroad were unworthy of the name, too bland to be called genuine Thai cooking. The problem bothered her enough to raise it at a cabinet meeting. Even though her political party has since been thrown out of office, in a May military coup, the Thai government is unveiling its project to standardize the art of Thai food using a robot. The government-financed Thai Delicious Committee, which oversaw the development of the machine, describes it as "an intelligent robot that measures smell and taste in food ingredients through sensor technology in order to measure taste like a food critic." Thailand's National Innovation Agency has spent about $100,000 to develop the e-delicious machine. The e-delicious machine has 10 sensors that measure smell and taste, generating a unique fingerprint (signature) for each sample of food that passes its digital maw. Generally with electronic tasting, there are electronic sensors that work just like the taste buds on your tongue, measuring the quantity of various taste-giving compounds, acidity, etc. While these electronic sensors can't actually tell you how something tastes — that's a very subjective, human thing — they are very good at comparing two foods scientifically. Meanwhile at a tiny food stall along one of Bangkok's traffic-clogged boulevards, Thaweekiat Nimmalairatana, questioned the necessity of a robatic taster. "I use my tongue to test if it's delicious or not," said Nimmalairatana. "I think the government should consider using a human to gauge authenticity."

Comment: Re:Porn needs Javascript (Score 0) 108

by Billly Gates (#48024159) Attached to: Tor Executive Director Hints At Firefox Integration

Of course I could argue what kind of modern browser doesn't do ajax or webapps? Turning it off is like turning html off.

I use adblock and with malware blocking in addition to flashblock. Noscript reminded me of UAC in Vista when all the apps were XP compatible and required to constant beep for any task before developers started switching to services instead.


Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation 213

Posted by samzenpus
from the paying-attention dept.
First time accepted submitter chentiangemalc writes While Australia is on "high alert" for terror threats a man walked past a Sydney Airport security screening while engrossed in his iPad and delayed flights for an hour. From the article: "This event was captured on CCTV and unnerved officials so much that they evacuated passengers. As the Sydney Morning Herald reported, the man found himself (or, perhaps, didn't) going into the terminal through an exit passage that clearly was convenient for him, but less convenient for the hordes of passengers who not only had to be removed from Terminal 3, but also re-screened. A spokeswoman for Qantas told the Morning Herald: 'The man disembarked a flight and left. It appears he wasn't paying attention, was looking at his iPad, forgot something and walked back past (the security area).'"

Comment: Re:Time to retire bash! (Score 1) 325

by Waffle Iron (#48019199) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Python? You serious? Bye bye one liners with for loops or anything else. I really doubt anyone wants to have pretty code enforced on them for something as simple as iterating through a few numbers one time, ever.

$ python -c 'for x in range(3): print "One"; print "Liner!"'

Comment: Sanitizing comments, trolls, first to market (Score 4, Interesting) 158

by whereiswaldo (#48014065) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

How can a developer have a frank discussion about the product's limitations when in a public forum? My feeling is you'd end up having to sanitize comments for public consumption or be self-censoring your real, honest opinions.

What about the trolls who will say "hey this has been filed for X years and still nobody fucking fixes it!?? FAIL!!" Who needs that kind of drama in a bug db.

Yes, open source organizations keep their bug DB public but it is a necessity for them and a different dynamic. Also worth mentioning that security bugs are private even for open source.

How can you be first to market when all your new ideas are available to any competitor via the bug DB?

Your mode of life will be changed to EBCDIC.